Suffolk approves settlement between county police and US Justice Department

Dec 18, 2013

In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, men carry the coffin of slain Ecuadoran citizen Marcelo Lucero in Gualaceo, Ecuador. Lucero, who lived in the U.S., was killed on Nov. 8, 2008 during an attack on Long Island.
Credit AP Photo, File

The Suffolk County Legislature approved a settlement on Tuesday between the county police department and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discriminatory policing. 

The agreement comes after a five-year federal investigation into the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008.  The Justice Department concluded that police discouraged Latinos from reporting crimes and improperly classified hate crimes.